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Drafting and Reassignments – “Trip Refusal” Not a Scheduling Option

Date: June 10, 2022

The impact of recent changes to the aircraft schedule, irregular operations, cancellations, and diversions have had a dramatic and, at time, adverse impact on our Flight Attendant community. 

While Section 7 of our Contract proscribes the proper procedures by which reassignments are to be made (Section 7.Q.) as well as the Order of Assignment to be followed (Section 7.S.), and there may be times when the result of irregular operations is something we might not have expected or is potentially less than desirable, it is important for each of us to understand our contractual rights.

Recently we’ve received a number of questions in our office from Flight Attendants (who have been impacted by irregular operations) challenging certain reassignments and, in some instances, seeking information about their ability to “refuse” the reassignment. 

Of course, our first objective is to always ensure that all reassignments and/or instances of drafting comply with the terms of the Contract.  If you have questions about a reassignment, Crew Scheduling should be able to explain to you the section of our Contract under which the reassignment is being made.  If you have a legitimate disagreement about a reassignment where the explanation from the Crew Scheduler does not address your concern, you should seek assistance from a Crew Desk supervisor or manager. 

In an instance where that discussion does not resolve your concern, you are encouraged to reach out to your Local Council for assistance in resolving any misapplication of the Contract.

If, however, resolution of any disagreement does not occur, you may still be required to fly the reassignment/drafting.  It is important to understand that there is no contractual provision for “trip refusal.”  Management, in discussions with the Union, has taken the position that any trip refusal may lead to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.  

For this reason, we encourage you to use all available options to resolve any misunderstanding or misapplication of the Contract with Crew Scheduling personnel.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to your Local Council office for assistance in obtaining clarity in the proper application of our Contract.  If, however, you are unable to obtain this resolution prior to departure of the reassignment, know that we will pursue any contractual issues upon your return to base after completion of the reassignment.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council for assistance.

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